When I was in the Word of Faith Movement, speaking in tongues was referred to as the 90% FACTOR. This teaching was first presented as being able to receive 90% of God’s blessing. By the time I left the movement, not speaking in tongues was to miss out on 90% of “being all you can be”. However, one could master this language by practicing the heavenly language daily.
Here is a video of my former pastor, Roger Breedlove, teaching on the “90% FACTOR”. Take a listen.
Breedlove mentions Ephesian 6 to support his statement that “praying with all prayer in the spirit” is an offensive weapon of praying in tongues. I have seen much debate on social media that suggests this to mean praying in tongues. But I would make the case that if praying in the spirit is a foreign heavenly language to practice to perfection, then walking in the spirit should be the same. But I don’t see one Christian with a “different” or special walk. I am being serious.
When we walk in the spirit, we do not have a different walk observed by physical senses. So why do we make praying in the spirit a work observed by physical senses? Also, as Jesus is our model, there are no scriptures to suggest he or any of the disciples spoke a heavenly language (better known as glossolalia). If you believe glossolalia is from God and you speak in tongues during your personal prayer…go ahead. I won’t argue the point because it’s not a salvation issue.
I can do glossolalia like a champ. I did it for 11 years. I do not feel it’s a gift but something I practiced and became good at doing it. But I cannot base my beliefs on personal experience. We have to test all things with scripture.
Teaching that praying in tongues gets you more or makes you better IS dangerous.
I DO believe in speaking in tongues.
I believe speaking in tongues is a gift for some and not all. And, I don’t have that gift, even though I’d like to.
Paul, the apostle, said he spoke more languages than we all. In Acts 2, there were devout men of every nation hearing in their own tongues the mighty works of God. These speakers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Not an unknown gibberish. But a language they did not learn; they spoke in the native language of others.
There was no “mastering” speaking in diverse tongues, a gift from God. It should happen as the spirit gives utterance. I believe the same thing would happen today for those who have this spiritual gift.
Breedlove also says praying in your heavenly language will help with preparing your temple because the enemy has “been stealing some stuff out of your temple.” Does the enemy steal anything from believers? Is there a scripture reference for that? That is another topic for another day.
Insult Their Intelligence
What should offend the listeners is how Breedlove compares what most considers a GIFT to learning Spanish. This is a prime example of dumbing down the sheep. Think about it. When you are in school and one of your classes is to study Spanish, who would ridicule anyone for learning another language?
If we’re going to compare apples to apples, there is NO scripture that says you must go to a class and learn to speak a heavenly language. This is comparing apples to meatloaf. Tactics like this are often used to confuse the listener by making them swallow a lie. It is appealing to the pride of life. Flesh wants to be right. So you give an extreme case that would make someone say “how ridiculous”. That same response is then provoked towards the statement a false teacher wants you to believe. It’s a form of auto suggestion.
Appeal to the Flesh
Breedlove also says “If you are not filled with the person of the Holy Spirit, you are missing out on 90% of your ability to be all that you can be.”
This is how the “90% FACTOR” was explained:
Being able to access 90% of what God has for you does not make you better than others. It just means you can access more. For example, two people go to the mall; one person has $10, the other person has $100. The person with $100 is not any better than the person with $10. But the person with $100 is able to purchase more.
The pride of life seeks to exalt the flesh. The flesh says “I want to have more, be more, and do more.” People, this is greed.
Although I started “practicing” this heavenly language, I could never understand how to know if my prayer was in the correct 10:90 ratio. I searched the bible and internet for more information. I have not been able to find ONE person teach this “90% FACTOR”. Where did it come from?
After months of digging and looking for the truth compared to what I was taught in the Word of Faith cult, I noticed the road always ended up in metaphysical science.
Metaphysical science explores the non-physical aspects of reality. It is a psychological branch that has infiltrated the Christian church starting with great philosophers like Plato and Aritstotle. It has even become common practise to quote Plato during sermons. Metaphysical science has been openly wedded with many religions, but has been secretly injected into the popular version of Christianity now permeating our society.
I decided to take the “90% FACTOR” down the metaphysical science path and see if anything panned out. On my first Google search, I hit paydirt. One would not know how deep metaphysical science penetrated modern Christianity unless one knew where to look.
Here’s what I found in my search for the 90% Factor.
YOU MUST GO TO THE RIGHT SIDE
Psalms 80:14-15 14. O God look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;15. And the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you made strong for yourself.
Do you see the prayer there? Look down from heaven and visit this vine (us) and the vineyard which your right hand planted. The right hemisphere of the brain. The branch you made strong for yourself. The God part in your secret place, the Christ part. Referencing the right hemisphere. The place of the spirit within you, the 90%. The left side of the brain is the 10% we all use. When you separate from thought you are giving the 10%. You are tithing.
CAST YOUR NET TO THE RIGHT SIDE
John 21:6 6. And Jesus said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. Here you notice Jesus says to cast your net to the right side. It is all talking about the same thing within you. The right hemisphere of the brain.
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This is a hybrid religion and deviates from the simple truth of the gospel. Speaking in tongues, as done in most charismatic churches, is a form of self-hypnosis or getting the followers into an altered state. In large settings, once the group is in an altered state, someone usually goes before the crowd and tells the group what God has given them to share. And many, like I did, swallow it hook, line, and sinker.
Give Us a King
True freedom is knowing that what God has for you is for you and he knows how to get the message to you. Do you know how many people are telling others “God told me to tell you (fill in the blank)”. How sad. Just as the people told Moses “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20) the same is happening now in most institutional churches. They want a Mt. Sinai relationship. They want a king.
Most times the message is about creature comforts (God wants to bless you, take you to another level, give back what the devil stole from you, etc.) When you are not guarding your emotions, you are susceptible to all types of influences – especially the rampant “seed faith” doctrine. But I digress.
Breedlove is a kind person. I am sure he and many word of faith teachers are sincere and what they teach. But sadly he is sincerely wrong. Scripture tells us to test all things and to hold fast to what is good – reject that which is evil. This teaching is not good.
As written in Titus 1, there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. We are to rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
All who are teaching and believing the ”90% FACTOR”….REPENT of this wickedness and turn to the one true and living God. He is faithful and just to forgive.